Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Day 1. RECKLESS: The Petrified Flesh by Cornelia Funke

Today, I'm kicking off the 28 days of the first Reckless book. I had a fun, short introduction written, but I decided not to post it and post this instead.

I had originally decided to celebrate my favorite book for fun, but now, it's not just about 'fun.' It's an escape. It's to remind me to dream of better places and magic while the country I've grown up in takes a dramatic turn toward hate.  I live in a southern state where active KKK members hand out business cards and carry multiple firearms at all time. They teach and spread hate, and though I keep far from them, they're still here. They're my neighbors, the people I went to school with, parents of my former friends, and 'friendly' faces I see in public. Even though I can "blend in" (<as I've been told) I don't want to. I don't want people to think I support or encourage hate, and the fact I know so many people who are for hate is a scary thing. Not all people in Mississippi are like that, but I see a lot of it around me. I know it's happening in other states as well. I am scared for the people in our country. I am scared for people of other countries. I am scared for the rights of people I know and people I call my friends. I love all of you and hope you are able to find safe places.

I have a bad tendency to let fear consume me. To let sadness consume me. Five years ago, I was drowning so deeply in my own despair that I was barely alive. What brought me back and gave me a SPARK of hope, was the first Reckless book. So, now while sadness and fear knock on my door, I will celebrate the things that made me happy. The things that chased away the nightmares and monsters I dealt and deal with every day. I will dream of the places and people made of ink, and I hope you guys will stick with me for this month and see slices of the things that make me happy. The fairies were right to have moths as their "minions". Moths go to the light, and they helped me find it too.


Author - Cornelia Funke


Ever since Jacob Reckless was a child, he has been escaping to a hidden world through a portal in his father's abandoned study. Over the years, he has made a name for himself as a finder of enchanted items and buried secrets. He's also made many enemies and allies — most important, Fox, a beautiful shape-shifting vixen whom Jacob cares for more than he lets on.

But life in this other world is about to change. Tragedy strikes when Jacob's younger brother, Will, follows him through the portal. Brutally attacked, Will is infected with a curse that is quickly transforming him into a Goyl — a ruthless killing machine, with skin made of stone.

Jacob is prepared to fight to save his brother, but in a land built on trickery and lies, Jacob will need all the wit, courage, and reckless spirit he can summon to reverse the dark spell — before it's too late.

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